Prostate cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, and skin cancer are the four most common types of cancers that affect men. In honor of Men’s Health Awareness Week it is important to know what you can do about cancer prevention and early detection. Below are some things you may want to be aware of in order to take your life into your own hands.
1. Early Detection of Prostate Cancer
About 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The chance of a man getting prostate cancer increases with age; most men who get prostate cancer are 65 or older. Starting at the age of 50 men should talk with their doctor about the pros and cons of getting tested for prostate cancer. Men who have had a father or brother with prostate cancer before the age of 65 should have a talk with their doctor at the age of 45.
2. Risk Factors of Colon Cancer
A few main risk factors of colon cancer include a diet of high-fat foods, being overweight or obese, smoking, and being physically inactive. This means that men should limit their high-fat foods, maintain a healthy body weight, stay away from tobacco, and make exercise a part of their everyday schedule.
3. Prevention of Lung Cancer
Smoking is the number one most preventable cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Although smoking is the cause of 80% of lung cancers, non-smokers can still get lung cancer. The main thing men can do is to quit smoking, stay away from tobacco, or never start smoking!
4. Protection from Skin Cancer
There are 3.5 million cases of skin cancer each year. Anyone can get cancer. The best way to protect yourself from skin cancer is to protect yourself in the sun. Men who work outside in the sun should be aware of the clothing they are wearing and applying sunscreen. Some areas that men often forget about are their head (especially if you are bald), ears, and neck. Men should pay attention to any skin changes and get regular check-ups, especially if they notice abnormalities.
5. Overall Health Tips
Consider reading the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Worksheet for Men to learn what you can do about cancer. Now that you know which cancers are most common in men, you can know your family history, talk to your doctor, and know which tests to ask about as you approach an older age. In order to take control of your life and do your best to prevent cancer here are some overall health tips.
- Stay away from tobacco
- Quit smoking if you are a smoker
- Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
- Implement physical activity into your everyday life